Last August, my Scott and I bought a house. The previous owners had converted the garage into a very large 4th bedroom. It’s only the 2 of us so, we chose to turn that 4th bedroom into a gym. Well, right now, it’s more “storage” than “gym” but, very soon, it WILL be a gym. For me, home workouts are a great way to mix things up. As I’ve told you in my blog before, I work full time in fitness management so sometimes the thought of going to the gym feels way too much like work and not at all like fun.
Home workouts can save you both time and money. But, having the right tools can take your workout from “meh” to “wow!”. Here are 5 Fitness Apps worth the investment.
1: Gym Boss Free download for both Android & iPhones
Gym Boss has been my timer of choice since before there was a thing called “apps” and instead, I had an actual handheld Gym Boss timer that required batteries! My how the times have changed! I do most of my workouts as timed circuits which makes Gym Boss perfect for me.
I like circuit workouts because it gives me a whole lotta bang for my buck and allows me to change up my routines easily! Sometimes I’ll pick 5 exercises, set the timer for 5 rounds of 20 seconds per exercise with 8 seconds rest in between and go to town. Other times, when I’m working more on endurance, I’ll set the timer to as long as 50 seconds of work with 15 seconds of rest in between. I can save all of my different timers in Gym Boss and have it ready for me whenever I need it.
2: MyFitnessPal– Regular Subscription Free, Premium $9.99 per month
You could say My Fitness Pal and I have an on “again, off again” relationship. I’ve downloaded this app onto my phone and then deleted again at least half a dozen times. Yet, I always keep coming back to it. The thing it has going for it is the Food Diary and the ability to track my strength & cardio workouts.
Now, as a Health and Fitness professional, the thing I take issue with on this app is it’s calculation of both daily caloric intake needs and macronutrient needs. I’m big into protein being king and My Fitness Pal is recommending mine be at 80-something grams a day! Who can gain muscle on that??!!
But, I can’t deny how awesome the food diary is. Basically every food you could possibly think of has already been entered into the My Fitness Pal database and, on the off chance that you’re eating something super weird that hasn’t found it’s way into the database, adding it is SUPER easy!
All in all, it really is a great way to track your progress and see what improvements you need to make. Oh, and stick to the Free Subscription, it’s definitely got everything you need!
3: The Daily Burn– 30 Days Free then $14.95 per month thereafter
During the month of January, Daily Burn was offering a 30 Day Free Trail of their website. Truth be told, if I didn’t have unlimited access to several area gyms, with TONS of group fitness classes, I probably would’ve kept my Daily Burn subscription. This really is a pretty stellar website filled with hundreds of at home workouts led by certified fitness instructors. The types of workouts run the gammat from Boot Camp to Yoga and everything in between. I also like that they have workouts of various lengths so, you really don’t have an excuse to skip a workout.
Scott and I consider ourselves above average exercisers and yet, every time we tried one of these workouts together, we were huffin’ and puffin’ by the end! If you’re serious about getting in shape and want an at home workout option, this is it!
4: Aaptiv 7 Day Free Trial then $9.99 per month/$24.99 for 3 months or $49.99 for 12 months
This is another workout app that I tried in January and, while I’ve been trying VERY hard to talk myself out of it, I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding it back onto my phone sometime soon! The thing I LOVE about Aaptiv is that most of their online “classes” are done one cardio equipment while coaches motivate you through the class. They have classes for treadmill workouts, elliptical, outdoor runs, yoga…so many!
While I LOVE a great group fitness class, I also really like the freedom of just going to the gym, not worrying about having to be there at a specific time and just hopping on the Arc Trainer or whatever. BUT, that also means that I’m the one in charge of pushing myself and sometimes, I just want someone else to tell me what to do. That’s where Aaptiv comes in. They tell you when to increase your resistance, when to rest, all of it while also providing some killer workout music.
Seriously, I just talked myself into it! I’m buying the 12 month membership! Guys, it’s really that good!
5: Spotify Premium
If you don’t know what Spotify is, it’s like Pandora but better. And while it’s definitely not just for working out but, let’s all just agree that music can make or break your workout. I LOVE me some Spotify but I HATE listening to the commercials as well as the inability to play an album in order with the free version. If you listen to music while working and while working out then Spotify is Premium just might be worth it for you.
You can create your own ad free custom playlists and, they even have run channels that will automatically choose music that matches your running tempo. I will say that I am NOT a runner and, when I do run, it’s more like shuffling. When I used the run channel, I was going so slow that they were playing ballads because they thought it was my cool down! I wish I was joking but I’m not! ugh! Anyway, my favorite Spotify Workout playlist is simply called “Cardio”.
Are there any apps that didn’t make this list that you consistently use? Comment below and let me know what I should try out next.